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History of the Sisters: The Sisters of Saint Francis, Oldenburg

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The Sisters of Saint Francis, Oldenburg have been a service-oriented presence in Indiana since Mother Theresa Hackelmeier arrived from Vienna, Austria in 1851. Soon after that, the sisters took in children who had been orphaned in a recent cholera outbreak. As time went on, the Sisters began to focus on eduation, starting a boarding school and a parochial village school, and sending Sisters off to be trained in higher education. Eventually, they started the St. Francis Normal Scool of Education, which grew to become Marian College in 1936. In 1937, it was relocated to Indianapolis, where it continued to grow and include more programs. In 2009, it became Marian University. Throughout the history of the University, the Sisters of Saint Francis have maintained a Franciscan focus and have provided the University with leadership and guidance.

This collection showcases glimpses from their history together, with a focus on the Sisters themselves and their base in Oldenburg, Indiana. It includes photographs, certificates, brochures, and an audio interview of one of the Sisters.

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